Syria rebel group "Islamic Front" seize Turkey border town

Published December 11th, 2013 - 06:14 GMT
Members of the Free Syrian Army. [picnik]
Members of the Free Syrian Army. [picnik]

Syria’s largest Islamist rebel group seized another crossing on the Turkish border Tuesday from other rebels. This seizure included brigades which are loyal to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, a monitoring group said.

A new group, the Islamic Front, said to be a collection of the most powerful Islamist rebel groups fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, seized the Bab al-Hawa crossing in Syria, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

The capture came after the Islamic Front overtook  arms depots near the crossing belonging to the Free Syrian Army over  the weekend. This has only served to heighten tensions among the fractured Syrian opposition.

While the FSA has been the rebel authority over the majority of the Syrian conflict, the Islamic Front rejected their authority.

The Islamic Front is a different rebel group that was formed last month by combining six rebel groups with the goal of overthrowing the Assad regime and establishing an Islamic state.

Concerns about other rebel groups forming that could be Al Qaeda affiliated have risen but Islamic Front does not include al-Nusra Front or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- two jihadist rebel groups linked to al-Qaeda.

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